Friday, April 20, 2012

Orvis Announces Spring 2012 Free Fly Fishing Clinics

From May through July, Orvis will offer free fly fishing lessons
nationwide through Orvis retail stores (including Charlotte) and
participating dealers ( This season Orvis hopes
to introduce even more outdoor lovers to the sport with Fly Fishing
101 and 201 beginning in May 2012. Classes are complimentary to the
public and a great way for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors

"The past two years' success of Fly Fishing 101 is truly amazing and
encouraging," explains Tom Rosenbauer, Marketing Director of The Orvis
Company. "Based on the success of the program, we've been delighted to
welcome many thousands of novice and advancing students to the joys of
fly fishing through Fly Fishing 101 and 201. Our goal is to encourage
people of all ages and backgrounds to come learn more about the
fascination of fly fishing. The classes are unique opportunities to
enjoy a new sport and the success of the program speaks volumes to
what folks are seeking in terms of healthy outdoor recreational
activities for themselves and their families."

Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) will be
lending their support again this year with volunteers at the event and
free memberships to their organization for attendees of the class.

Fly Fishing 101/201 Highlights -- The 101 course will consist of two
parts—one hour of casting instruction and one hour of rigging. Most
participants are true beginners so keeping the focus on learning these
basic skills is the best place to start. FF201 classes are conducted
on the water, with a lower instructor/student ratio. The main thrust
of the 201 course is getting those interested in taking the next step
in fly fishing on the water at a local location where they have a
great chance at catching their first fish. Private water, local bass/
bluegill ponds, or a recently stocked river or creek are typical class

Once instruction is completed, each group attendee will receive a $25
coupon off any purchase of $50 or more and other coupons good toward
Orvis gear. Additionally, each group attendee will receive a
certificate for a FREE Trout Unlimited membership and a FREE
membership to the Federation of Fly Fishers—a $70 value. The total
free package value including the instruction is valued at over $150.

To get started in fly fishing and to make it more accessible to start
in the sport, participants will also receive discounted offers on a
fishing lanyard with tools and a beginner's rod outfit—all the basics
needed to hit the water after the class.

Contact your local Orvis store for details.